Figures set to prompt scrutiny of alleged Crown Prosecution Service policy on ‘weak’ cases

The number of rape cases being charged by prosecutors remains among its lowest for a decade, according to figures due to be released this week that will dismay campaigners.

Annual Crown Prosecution Service statistics are expected to show that the number of rape cases charged by prosecutors in England and Wales remains under 2,000, prompting renewed concern over how sexual violence is treated throughout the criminal justice system.

The worry is that it discourages reporting. You only have to look at Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile to know that sex offenders go on until they are stopped

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